Event supports Rotary Club work
Collage of art fills Mike Weir Park
Art of all kinds filled Mike Weir Park Saturday during the annual Art in the Park organized by the Sarnia Bluewaterland Rotary Club.
Visitors strolling through the park stopped every few metres to examine another interesting art form including handpainted porcelain pottery, paintings, photographs, clocks made from 45rpm records and a five-foot fire-breathing T-Rex.
“It’s quality original material . . . a Sarnia tradition,” said Henry Kulik, a Rotary club executive.
The event has been staged at the park for seven years but it has a 36-year-history. It was previously held in Wildwood Park near the Bright’s Grove Library.
Visitors use the event to shop for unique Christmas gifts in a park where there is lots of room and free parking, said Kulik.
Parking had been an issue at the Wildwood site.
A strong connection to the library’s Gallery in the Grove remains.
Rotary support allows the gallery to continue the Visiting Artists in Lambton Schools project, said Kirsty Kilner of the gallery.
The program brings an artist into 23 Lambton schools to work with children.
On Saturday artist Dave Moore was meeting local children and inviting them to work on their own creations.
“It’s so exciting to have Dave Moore to volunteer to drop in,” said Kilner.
Seven-year-old Lucas Brown shared the excitement.
“He loves coloring. He did a coloring last year and this year he said I am coming here,” said his mother Dianna Brown.
As Lucas added color to a drawing of the Blue Waster Bridge his enjoyment was obvious by his concentration on the paper.
Nearby Terry Recker of Bright’s Grove was displaying her handpainted porcelain that she only sells at a few events similar to Art in the Park.
“I like to do this one (event) because it is so close to home,” said Recker.
Her work features forest scenes that become durable, useable items like cheese trays.
“They’re very durable. I’ve dropped mine (cheese tray) on the floor and it survived,” said Recker.
Allan Mayhew of Port Bruce was also in the park with a variety of glass lamps and the T-Rex.
Mayhew had been doing glass for 33 years when he decided to try the wooden T-Rex as something new.
The appeal worked for young Jacob Papanayotou who was drawn to the T-Rex.
“He loves dinosaurs. It caught his eye,” said his mother Katie Papanayotou.
And that attraction was all the better when Mayhew fired up the propane-powered fire breath.
Jacob stood back in wide-eyed wonder.
And that pleased Mayhew who likes coming to the Sarnia area where the people are friendly.
“It’s a destination event,” said Kulik.
Lucas Brown, 7, works with great concentration on his creation at the Gallery in the Grove booth during Art in the Park.
Terry Recker displays handpainted porcelain during Art in the Park.
Jacob Papanayotou greets a new friend, a fire-breathing T-Rex, during Art in the Park.